Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are glad the season is finally over and will be disappointed to miss out on Champions League football for the second season in a row.
Poor away form cost the Gunners in the race for a top-four spot which coincided with Arsene Wenger finally announcing his departure from the club after 21 years. Speculation is rife as to who will replace the Frenchman with Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta the favourite to take the reins. However, a new name has been linked with the post with a much better CV than the ex-Arsenal captain – Unai Emery.
While Arteta has been learning his trade under Pep Guardiola in Manchester, Emery has been enjoying plenty of success in both Spain and France. After managing Spartak Moscow, the Spaniard returned to his homeland to take over Sevilla and guided them to the Europa League in his first full season at the helm. Remarkably, he would go on to lift the trophy again for the next two years in a row making Sevilla the most successful side in the competition’s history.
The 46-year-old was rewarded for his success with the opportunity to take over Paris St Germain. This season, he led the Parisians to the treble before announcing his decision to leave the club with his contract expired.
Appointing Arteta would be a huge risk at a pivotal time for the Gunners – there can be no room for mistakes. Emery has a vast amount of experience and is a proven winner. He is suited to managing a possession-based side and would help the likes of Jack Wilshere to flourish. With a transfer window under his belt, he could transform Arsenal into contenders.
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